An hour train ride west of Tokyo sits the mountainous area known as Hakone, an area known for its views of some of Japan’s most famous natural sites. Domestic and international tourists have been coming here for decades to gaze upon snowcapped Mt Fiji, Lake Ashi and the Great Boiling Valley. On a clear day, the best way to enjoy the sights is on the Hakone Ropeway, the second longest cable car in the world.

The 30-minute journey on the Swiss-made cable cars stops at three stations along the way; for the best photo op of Mt Fiji in the distance, hop of at Owakudani Station. Pack a swim suit for a dip in one of Japan’s famous onsen, volcanic-heated sulfuric hot springs. The entire ropeway extends 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) and hangs 427 feet (130 meters) above a large crater at its highest point.

Besides scenic views and hot springs, Hakone is known for its many forms of transportation. If you plan to ride more than just the Hakone Ropeway, buy yourself a Hakone Free Pass that gives you unlimited access to the ropeway, switchback train, funicular, mountain boat and the oddly decorated pirate ships that ferry passengers across Lake Ashi. Hakone can get very busy on weekends, so plan to come midweek if possible.

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3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $565.67

2-Day Mt Fuji and Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Combine a visit to Mt Fuji and Kyoto on this overnight rail tour by Bullet train. You'll visit Mt Fuji, ride the Bullet train to Kyoto and take a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $511.96

Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and First-Class Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Breathe crisp mountain air from Mt Fuji’s 5th station and marvel at the sweeping vista on this deluxe day trip from Tokyo! You’ll travel to Hakone by coach and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $259.88

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